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Mar 25, 2018

Accordion Fold Card in a Box

Happy Birthday accordion fold card in a box

This accordion birthday card comes in a little box and unfolds into a surprisingly long card. The "Happy Birthday" letters flip up from the accordion pleats in opposite directions, like a flag book.

The finished size is slightly larger than 2.5" x 3.5";  and 5/8" tall.

accordion fold card in a box size with ruler

accordion fold card in a box,  size of box

Don't mind the funky color scheme of the sample.  I used contrasting colors to help you see the construction of the box and the birthday card.

How to make an accordion fold card in a box

Feb 24, 2018

Mondrian Tri-Shutter Birthday Card

This birthday tri-shutter card features a Piet Mondrian inspired design of abstract rectangles in primary colors.

Mondrian style birthday card

With some assistance from CorelDRAW,  the Mondrian style design did not require that much manipulation to fit it on a tri-shutter pop up card.

Funny story about the inspiration for this card.  Last summer I happened to watch the pilot of The Partridge Family, where they decide to form a band, and they paint the school bus?  (If you don't know what I'm talking about, poor you, you have no idea of the fabulousness of the Friday night tv line-up of the early 1970s).

Some thoughts about tri-shutter cards:

A tri-shutter is divided vertically into 6 equal parts, with the center two pieces merged.
The horizontal divisions do not need to be equal.

This picture shows the cut and fold diagram (black cut lines; red fold lines).

tri shutter pop up card cut and fold lines

Here I have added (pink) guides to emphasize the six equal parts.

tri shutter pop up card design considerations

I cut the entire design from white card stock and left it adhered to the cutting mat, then removed and replaced with the various colors as needed.

You can see I had to divide some shapes where cuts or folds were running through them.  (The large blue and red squares, for example.)

Cutting Mondrian card with Silhouette cameo

Mondrian tri-shutter pop up card cut outs

Once the pattern was completed, I used painters' tape to hold the pieces in place. This is the front.

transferring pieces with tape

This is the back--removing the excess white card stock.

removing waste card stock from Mondrian card cut

Still the back, with the white card peeled away.

Mondrian tri-shutter card ready to glue

Gluing the pieces to the card.  Because of the folds, this can be done 1/3 of the card at a time.

adhering Mondrian tri-shutter card pop up

I waited for the adhesive to dry, then carefully cut along the cut lines, and scored and folded along the fold lines.

front view of Mondrian tri-shutter card with vinyl sentiment

The "Happy Birthday!" sentiment is cut from adhesive vinyl.

This is the card folded flat for mailing.

folded tri-shutter card

There is no downloadable file set for this.  Keeping it unique!

See some other birthday cards here.

Dec 30, 2017

Matchbox Slider Pop Up Card

Valentine matchbox slider pop up card

This little box is a combination pop up card and treat container or gift card holder.  Perfect for Valentine's Day, a birthday gift,  or any occasion.

Pulling the drawer forward activates the pop up element. 

front of matchbox slider pop up card

When the drawer is closed the pop up decorative element lies flat on the top of the box.

closed matchbox slider pop up card

Video of the completed card showing pop up action.

The inspiration came from a gift card holder made by Danielle of Scrapbook Maven.  She made hers from a commercially available, pre-made box.  Not having such a box in my stash of crafting materials, I made my own cut file version! 

How to make a matchbox slider pop up card and treat box

Aug 4, 2017

Woven Paper Basket Birthday Card

This little paper basket is woven together in the style of the valentine baskets you probably made as a child.

finished woven heart basket with flowers and grass

I put Dove chocolates inside and gave it as a birthday card.

add handle to woven valentine basket

The pattern is from Papermatrix, a site I highly recommend.  

I traced their pattern and cut the pieces with my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used the Cameo to draw the "Happy Birthday" sentiment using the pen holder.

After I finished, I realized I was supposed to layer the grass behind the flowers.  Whoopsie.  A little trimming took care of that so the flowers could peek out.

Layering with the flowers on the bottom does make the inside very pretty, however.

valentine shaped woven basket inside

And then I couldn't get the point to come together properly so I had to cut apart the last strip at the point.  That little bit of grass and the flower is a disguise.

Jun 12, 2017

Paper Succulents

The succulent craze has hit my household big time.  I made this 3D papercraft bouquet of succulent "flowers" as a Happy Birthday card for my daughter.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.

Construction isn't difficult, but somewhat time consuming.

All of the paper succulents start the same way: cut the pieces, sponge on some ink, and curl the edges of the petals a little bit.

Be generous with color.  Layer on greens and browns and highlight with red or white.White adds tremendous depth.

The circular flower-like succulents are made by stacking the layers.
--Cut two sets of petal rounds for each "bloom".  Stack them to your liking.  You won't need every piece, and after gluing the stack use spare petals to fill in bare spots.
--Roll the smallest layer into a loose cone for the center.
--Using dimensional glue dots (foam) to adhere the bigger layers bulks up the succulent.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.

The purple trailing plant, which starts as a long strip with leaves on both side, is wrapped around thick floral wire or a skewer or toothpick or whatever you have.  Fill in bare spots with extra leaves.

The blue and the beige sprigs are a pain.  I glued them painstakingly, leaf by leaf, on a toothpick (beige) and small tube of paper (blue).  I'm sure there's a better way to make these.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.

I glued the succulents to a 3" diameter styrofoam ball covered with strips of wood grain paper to look like a basket.  The foot of the planter is a snap-together curtain grommet (left over from another crafty project) wrapped with the same paper strips.  After the large pieces were secure, I went back around and filled in empty spots with spare leaves.

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.  Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site.   Suggested contribution for this project is $2.00.

Mar 21, 2017

Pleated Paper Cupcake

Pleated and and v-folded paper forms this 3D papercraft cupcake.

Add a paper candle or flower and wish someone a Happy Birthday.

pleated paper cupcake

It's not quite origami, but it reminds me of origami baubles or origami Christmas balls.

flower on cupcake

Easy to hand cut, or download file set to machine cut.

How to Make a Pleated Cupcake and Icing

Jun 15, 2016

How to Create Neon Letters Effect

pull tab card, cross fade card, Venetian blind card, changing picture card

I made this 21st birthday mechanical card recently.   I've seen this kind of card variously referred to as a cross fade card, a Venetian blind card, a changing picture card, and a disappearing picture card.

Whatever you call it, it uses a push and pull tab to change between two pictures.

A version of this card is in my go-to book for mechanical cards, Making Mechanical Cards by Sheila Sturrock.  It is also included in Paper Engineering and Pop-Ups for Dummies by Rob Ives.

But this post is not about the card, it's about the printable neon effect that I made for the lettering and shapes.

How to make neon effect letters

Apr 30, 2016

Stained Glass Card

Faux stained glass cards created with printable acetate and  black card stock.

Many thanks to Marie Papadopoulou for the inspiration!

I made this flower card for Mother's Day.

Suggested for cutting machines although technically possible to hand cut.

How to make stained glass effect cards

Feb 23, 2016

Crayon Box Pop Up Card

twenty four pack crayons birthday card pop up card

Crayon box birthday card, free template, cut files, printables for a cute and colorful card-in-a-box type of pop up card. It folds flat!

This papercraft 3D crayon box can be machine cut or hand cut.  Finished size approximately 5" tall.

How to make a crayon card-in-a-box

Oct 9, 2015

Mystery Machine Pop Up Card

Being of a certain age I fondly recall Saturday morning cartoons, which apparently are no more.  In honor of Scooby Doo, I am working on a Mystery Machine pop up card.

Strangely enough, the hardest part has been to come up with a sentiment.  I really want to use this as a Halloween card, but the best wording I have so far is "Jinkies!  You're HOW old??"  So maybe it will be a birthday card in the end.  Please feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

This is the prototype for the inside.  I need to remake it, adjusting the size and the order of construction. 

Tutorial is up!

Mystery Machine pop up card inside

Aug 24, 2015

Purse Birthday Card

Have you missed me?
August has been a month of crafting, but not much paper. 

I did make this birthday card for my best friend.

The purse design was inspired by a card I saw on Ligaya's Creativity Zone.

Scroll down to download free cutting file templates.

front of purse birthday card

I used tiny squares of self-stick magnetic tape to hold the card shut.

The inside pieces are adhered with thick foam dots to pop them off the page.

inside of purse card

sunglasses, keys, compact inside purse card

 I only make remarks about her age because I'm older!

The purse, glasses and compact can be hand cut or machine cut.  The key and fob would be a bit challenging to hand cut.  I stacked multiple layers for the black parts of the key and fob to make them thicker.

key and fob inside handbag card

How to make a purse card

Jun 8, 2015

Pigs in a Barn Pop Up Card

A few years ago when these free standing pop up cards were a cardmaking fad, I saved a picture of one with side flaps that opened, thinking I would make one...some day. 

Fast forward 5 years or so.  I was looking for a barn-themed card for my daughter who is interning at a swine farm, and found by this one by Lisa Bullock to use for inspiration.  I particularly like the use of the side flaps to create the barn interior.

The box base of the free standing pop up card collapses upward to fold flat.

When you pull the tab at the top, the barn emerges through a slot, and the base becomes a box.

The barn doors open to the sides and lock the card in the popped up position.

For my card I used pig illustrations from children's books, drawn by Paul Galdone.   

Jun 4, 2015

Attaching Pop Up Mechanisms with Tabs and Slots {Throwback Thursday}

Welcome to Throwback Thursday week 5, with another revised and updated post from the very beginning of Extreme Cards and Papercrafting.

How to Make Pop Up Cards Tutorial
This is Lesson 5 in a series of step by step tutorials on How to Make Pop Ups. 

Now that we have looked at a couple different kinds of pop up mechanisms, you may be wondering how to attach those separately-cut pieces to your base card.

One option is:
Tabs and Slots

What are tabs and slots?

Sample one: visible tabs
Print out (or draw your own) box mechanisms as shown and cut out.
Fold the base card in half and glue the tabs to the shaded areas.

Sample two: tabs turned to the inside

Sample three: tabs glued though a slot
Cut the two slots, slide the tabs through the slots and glue to the outside of the card.
If you use this tabs and slots you will need something on the outside of the card to cover the tabs.

What happens when you move the tabs closer or further from the center fold of the base card?
The pop up box changes shape.

From left to right, these are sample 4, sample 1, and sample 5.

Sample four: tabs moved toward the outer edges of the card

Sample five: tabs moved toward the fold of the card


The addition of tabs and slots to your pop up design takes a bit of thought. You need to consider both function and appearance. The tab or tabs must be large enough to support the pop up, yet hidden from view (or incorporated as a design element).

Here is an example with hidden tabs. (Like sample 5). The cake has tabs on either side.

They are folded under and glued to the card under the cake. (Bonus: can you see that the candles use a v-fold?)

Template by Robert Sabuda

This Easter Egg has side tabs slotted through the card.

pop up easter egg

The center of the daffodils are tabbed and slotted through the card.

More examples of Tabs and Slots